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September 8th, 2020

MAGNESIUM FOR MIGRAINES – IS IT ENOUGH?

Numerous studies support the use of magnesium as a supplement for preventing migraine headaches.  In fact, yet another study just published in the Journal Neurosciences, found that serum levels of magnesium were substantially lower in migraine sufferers than in the general population of people who didn’t get migraines.
In fact, the researchers found that as serum levels of magnesium decreased the frequency of migraine attacks significantly increased.

Magnesium supplementation in the correct forms and amounts has to be part of any regimen to prevent migraines.  But is it enough?

The answer is yes, for some sufferers, and, no, for many other sufferers.  The reason for this is that there is not just ONE malfunctioned or dysfunctional mechanism or imbalance that is known to cause migraine attacks.

THE UNDERLYING NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES AND IMBALANCES COMMON TO MIGRAINEURS ALSO VARY AMONG MIGRAINEURS

Vasospasm, inflammation, stress and nerves are just a few of the possible contributors to our resultants of migraine attacks.  So while magnesium certainly plays a role in helping to prevent or balance some of these contributing factors, by itself, it doesn’t work for every chronic migraine sufferer. 

This is probably why we have received literally hundreds of letters asking why MigreLief worked for a particular user when taking the individual ingredients, at the same doses did not. ***

MigreLief Ingredients:  

1.  MAGNESIUM (OXIDE & CITRATE) – 360 mg (daily dose)
2.  RIBOFLAVIN B-2  – 400 mg (daily dose)
3.  FEVERFEW (Puracol – proprietary whole leaf and extract)  – 100  mg. (daily dose)

All 3 ingredients in MigreLief are listed in The American Acedemy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis

Research studies show that almost half of all migraine sufferers have low blood levels of Magnesium, which is critical in controlling vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).  Migraine sufferers also suffer mitochondrial energy deficiencies, which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can improve when given in high dosages.  The plant material Feverfew has been shown to reduce platelet aggregation, which can lead to vasoconstriction. All 3 ingredients have been recommended for years by many doctors and top headache specialists based on the clinical studies behind them.

We just don’t know which individual factor or combination of factors is casual in each different migraine sufferer.  The presence of 3 natural medicines in MigreLief, each with 3 different mechanism of action, seem to cover ALL of the bases for a majority of chronic migraine sufferers, not just one or two.

There may even be synergies between the 3 ingredients that comprise the effective triple therapy in MigreLief that we just can’t completely explain.

If you are a migraine sufferer who has not been able to get your migraines under control, please visit www.migrelief.com for more information.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N. C.N.S.
 
 
***EFFECTIVENESS:  The raw ingredients in MigreLief are individually tested by independent laboratories and monitored for quality, purity and potency.  Raw ingredients in supplements, especially herbs can very in quality and potency for numerous reasons, therefore so can their effectiveness.  This may be another reason why many consumers have reported MigreLief  to be effective whereas consuming the individual ingredients separately, at the same doses,  generated from different sources was not.
 

MigreLief™ and this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.   Please consult with your licensed medical practitioner if you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem.

Migraine Awareness Week U.K. Sept 6-12, 2020

September 1st, 2020

Migraine Awareness Week (MAW) is an annual campaign in the United Kingdom to draw attention to migraine, educate the public, increase understanding and reduce stigma. One out of every 7 people suffer migraine. It is an important public health problem in the UK, associated with very substantial costs.  Increased awareness about the effects of migraines results in better outcomes, increased access to migraine care as well as empowerment and validation for those diagnosed.  There are almost 200,000 migraine attacks every day in the U.K. and migraine sufferers lose 25 million days from work or school each year because of them.  Although it is the third most common disease in the world, affecting an estimated one in seven people globally, migraine remains underdiagnosed and undertreated.  For more information and support for migraines and headaches in the U.K., visit the links below.

To get involved with MAW, increase awareness, or join a meetup… visit the Migraine Trust’s Migraine Awareness Week page.

Organizations concerned with migraines and headaches in the U.K.

The Migraine Trust, a charity which supports sufferers, educates healthcare professionals and funds research into migraine and other headaches.

The National Migraine Center, the only national charity in the UK that offers treatment and support for migraine sufferers without the need for a GP referral.

The British Association for the Study of Headache, a national organization focused on raising the profile of headache and its surrounding issues.

OUCH, an organization focused on raising public awareness of Cluster Headaches, and offering support and guidance to sufferers.

The International Headache Society, a world-wide organisation for those with a professional commitment to headache, publishes the international headache journal ‘Cephalalgia.’

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK), a charity providing information and support while raising awareness of TN within the medical community and general public.

European Headache Alliance (EHA): Advocating for the rights and needs of the 80 million people in Europe living with a headache disorder.

European Headache Federation (EHF): Improving awareness of headache disorders and their impact among governments, health care providers and consumers across Europe.

To the Best of Health,

The MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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Avoid Labor Day Migraines – Summer’s Last Hurrah September 2020

August 30th, 2020

 

Summer doesn’t officially end until midnight September 22 but if you are planning to hit the road for one last fun in the sun hurrah, take safety precautions; tell someone where you are going, wear your seat-belt, stay well-hydrated, wear your mask when necessary and avoid Labor Day migraines!

Labor Day the first Monday in September, was first celebrated on September 5, 1882.  It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is traditionally marked with parades and other celebrations and is a time for Americans to take a break from their jobs and honor the historic role that the labor movement played in the creation of the middle class, the rise of living standards, and the strength of the country.

Labor Day has also come to represent, for most Americans, the symbolic end of summer.  School starts for most students the day after Labor Day Monday, however many schools have switched to resume in late August.  Nevertheless, for many people it has always been considered the last hurrah to partake in traditional summer activities, lazy beach and picnic outings, camping trips, and travel away from home.

Labor Day may look a little different for most people this year as we continue to stay at home more during this time of social distancing.

Labor Day weekend is historically one of the most dangerous holidays for traveling, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration.  If you do plan to venture out…

Drive safely and be prepared for any type of emergency.  Always keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle.
Let someone know where you are going, the roads you are taking, and when you expect to get there and return.
Wear your seat belts and don’t drink and drive.  Be prepared for sobriety and seat belt checkpoints

STAY WELL HYDRATED: Keep plenty of water on hand.  Keep a bottle of H20 with you if the weather is hot and you will be outdoors for a considerable amount of time.  If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.  If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during, and after your workout.  Start and end your day with a glass of water.  When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger.

Avoid heat-related illnesses & heat stroke.  Sweating heavily without replacing enough fluids can lead to dehydration or heat cramps. If the body cannot shed enough heat for any reason, there is a risk of heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, heatstroke – a medical emergency.  Children are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses because their bodies do not get rid of heat as efficiently as adults’ do. Make sure you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illness.

Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of water and salt, often as a result of exercising in hot weather. If it is not treated, it may progress to heatstroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include Normal or elevated body temperature, although not as high as 40°C (104°F) Profuse sweating – Pale skin – Skin may be cool and moist – Fast, shallow breathing – Fast, weak pulse – Headache – Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – Dizziness, weakness, or fainting – Heat cramps or Exhaustion.  If you or a child experience any of these symptoms, move to a shady or air-conditioned area, and lie down. Remove extra clothing and sports equipment, if any. Cool down with cold water, fans, or cold towels. If not nauseated or vomiting, drink water, juice, or a sports drink.

 

TIPS TO AVOID END OF SUMMER MIGRAINES

*Drink an 8-ounce glass of water every couple of hours.  If you are out and about, carry water with you throughout the day.

*Bright sunlight can often lead to migraines in photosensitive sufferers so a good pair of polarized sunglasses can really help.*Scents and odors can trigger migraines. Don’t hang around people who smoke and ask those close to you (friends, family, co-workers) to go easy on the cologne or perfume.

*Avoid bright or flickering lights if possible. If you work a lot on a computer, use an anti-glare screen/filter.

*Eat healthy snacks every hour or so to prevent drops in blood sugar than can also serve as triggers to migraines.

*Pay attention to prodromal symptoms (symptoms like dizziness, visual or speech impairments) which occur prior to the pain of the migraine striking. Sometimes taking ibuprofen during this period can prevent the full migraine from occurring.

*Small amounts of caffeine may help with migraine pain, but large amounts will cause more migraines to occur.

*Barometric Pressure Headaches Strategies: Some migraineurs have reported that lying down in a dark room can ward off the pressure headache, but if you are or want to be an outdoor enthusiast, you have to figure out other ways to deal with it.

The good news is that there are gadgets that can help you. If you are one who prefers gadgets over devices and apps, Newspring Power International Company, Ltd. offers a fishing barometer designed to check the barometric pressure at specific locations. The application for migraineurs is that you can set the device for up to six places where you might wish to go for the day, and program it to warn you when a storm is approaching any of those places. If you prefer a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), there are several smartphones and tablets which have barometric sensors with free apps that will send you alarms when the pressure reaches the danger zone for you.”

*Avoid stress. If you are preparing a Labor Day picnic or festivity, remember that after a flurry of activity and preparation, when a person finally has a chance to relax, headaches often set in. The beginning of the weekend or a vacation is a common time for migraines to occur. Take it easy, plan in advance, and just agree with yourself or family members that the number one key to everyone enjoying the time is to relax and be unhurried in everything.

*Don’t forget to take your MigreLief (daily formula – Original MigreLief, MigreLief+M, or Children’s MigreLief) twice a day, once in the a.m. and once in the p.m., to keep blood levels of the beneficial ingredients consistent for optimal results.  KEEP MIGRELIEF-NOW  on hand and take as needed for fast-acting on-the-spot nutritional support.
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Have a wonderful and safe, migraine-free Labor Day. Enjoy this delicious and eye-catching salad if you are looking for something new to prepare and serve this weekend and keep cool with frozen grapes.

FROZEN GRAPES – The perfect low calorie, naturally sweet summer treat!  These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid. They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely.

1. Wash and dry green or red grapes.
2. Place in sealable plastic bag.
3. Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
4. Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

 

Recipes Fruit Infused Water

 

FRUIT INFUSED WATER – Making your own fruit-infused waters is a great alternative to drinking sugary sports drinks and sodas with additives and dyes. Fruit infused water doesn’t really require a specific recipe. You can experiment by making small or large batches and adding as much or as little fruit as you would like to increase flavor and sweetness.  Let your concoction stand for 2 to 8 hours then enjoy!  Popular fruits:  raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, and cucumbers.Popular herbs:  mint, basil and rosemary.  Slice strawberries but keep other berries whole and press lightly with a spoon to release some of the flavors.  Add your favorite ingredients to a 1/2 gallon pitcher of water, cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.  Or make by the glass.To jazz it up a bit, make your own fruit infused water.

 

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Ginger Tea Recipes -Tasty Beverage with Many Health Benefits

August 10th, 2020

Ginger Tea Recipes

Ginger is one of the most widely used herbs in the world and has many health benefits.  It is native to Asia but cultivated in the West Indies, Jamaica, and Africa.

Tea is the most gentle form of consuming ginger. Ginger tea is a healthy beverage made from peeling and grating fresh ginger root, immersing it in boiling water, and simmering the tea for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.

Ginger tea has a spicy, invigorating taste. It’s used as a home remedy for indigestion, nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats.   Ginger, with all its anti-inflammatory properties, is a potent herb that is good for any type of pain or swelling of the tissues. Ginger tea for headaches is a proven remedy.   For maximum effect, it is best taken at the very onset of a migraine attack. Ginger is also a popular home remedy to stop nausea.

Ginger contains more than 200 substances in its oils, which is why it has so many different uses. It is believed that ginger may block prostiglandins, which stimulate some muscle contractions, control inflammation, and impact some hormones.  Therefore migraines may be prevented and stopped by ginger stifling the action of prostiglandins.

Benefits of Ginger

  • Multiple benefits include – Circulation booster, blood sugar reduction, increase perspiration, soothes menstrual pain, weight-loss helps reduce sinusitis and throat soreness
  • Treating Nausea: The brew has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat nausea. Pregnant women report relief from morning sickness after consuming small amounts of ginger root, ginger tea, and ginger ale. When given in large doses, ginger also relieves chemotherapy-related nausea.
  • Relieving Joint Pain: Ginger has been used to treat joint pain by stimulating blood circulation and has been used to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome.
  • Digestive Disorders: The herb can be used to address flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. It does this by mimicking some digestive enzymes used to process protein in the body.
  • Promoting Heart Health: As little as 5 grams of dried ginger a day has shown to slow the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver.
  • Treating Colds: Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body.

 

GINGER TEA RECIPES

The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger – more than you think you will need.  Everyone’s taste is different however so adjust the amount of ginger and honey to your liking.

#1 Honey Ginger Sweet TeaGinger Honey Sweet Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Preparation

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container.

 

#2 Homemade Ginger Tea (Serve Hot or Cold)Ginger Tea Recipe - best

Ingredients

  • 4-6 thin slices raw ginger
  • 1  1/2 – 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste (may use lemon instead of lime)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste

Preparation:

Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.

For stronger ginger flavor…

Simply slice ginger into paper-thin slices, without peeling it, bring it to boil, then turn it down and let it simmer for 30 mins then cover it and let it sit overnight. It will develop a really strong ginger flavor and a lovely brown color.  The next morning, strain it and either bottle it or, add the lemon juice and serve.   You can sweeten with honey, brown or white sugar,  or artificial sweetener.   The ginger will have a strong, deep flavor and spicy, heat you simply can’t get by pouring hot water over it or letting it steep for a short time.

Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.

 

#3 Ginger Honey Green Teaginger green tea

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 regular-size green tea bag
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup boiling water

Preparation

  1. Grate ginger, using the large holes of a box grater, to equal 1 Tbsp. Squeeze juice from ginger into a teacup; discard solids. Place tea bag, lemon juice, and honey in teacup; add boiling
    water. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag, squeezing gently.

 

#4 Ginger Tea (1 quart)

Ingredients:

  • Water, 4 cups
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root or 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • Thin slices of lemon or lime (garnish)

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. For a more lemon taste, add the lemon juice and the whole squeezed lemon to the boiling water as well.    Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Instead of adding lemon to boiling water, you may also add it “to taste” after the boiling process.

Line a strainer with a thin wet cloth and strain tea into a pitcher.  Stir in honey and lemon to taste. Serve hot or chill thoroughly and serve on ice with thin slices of lemon and lime.

 

#5 Cranberry Ginger Teaginger cranberry tea

A tangy blend of ginger and cranberries. This tart tea recipe will make your taste buds jump for joy, and wake you up in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup ginger, fresh and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Preparation:

Steep tea, ginger, and cranberries in water for 15 minutes. Strain and add nutmeg and cranberry juice.  Serve warm.

 

#6 Cranberry Ginger Punch cranberry ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 piece (3-inch) fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 6 slices lemon 6 slices orange

Directions Make the ginger tea: Bring the ginger and 3 1/2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and steep for 2 hours. (Tea can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated.)

Mix the punch: Strain the tea into a large pitcher and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Serve over ice.

 

Invent your own ginger tea concoction…

Mix your favorite ingredients into the basic ginger tea recipe, for example, fresh mint leaves, a bag of chamomile, and half a lime.

To make different variations of ginger tea, you can add just a few slices of ginger tea to a variety of teas. Here are some examples.

  • Ginger White Tea
  • Ginger Black Tea
  • Ginger Green Tea
  • Ginger Chamomile Tea
  • Ginger Lemon Balm Tea
  • Ginger Osmanthus Tea
  • Ginger Cinnamon Tea
  • Ginger Clove Tea

 

Stay healthy and enjoy!

 

 

Can Drinking Alcohol Trigger Migraines?

July 28th, 2020

Sipping a nice glass of red wine during a romantic date or gulping down a beer or two on a hot summer day with friends can be a harmless, relaxing activity. But when you are prone to getting migraines, having a single drink can be enough to trigger a head-splitting headache.Migraines and Drinking Alcohol

 

Drinking alcohol is as embedded in our society as having a cup of coffee in the morning. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an astonishing 70 percent of respondents 18 years and older reported having at least one drink during the past year, and more than half (55.3 percent) claimed that they drank in the past month.

You’ve probably heard more conflicting information about alcohol than any other substance. On the one hand, moderate amounts of it have been associated with potential health benefits, like reducing the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and ischemic stroke. On the other, heavy alcohol use can increase your likelihood of developing serious health issues, including several types of cancer, liver disease, pancreatitis, and ironically, heart disease.

But, what about headaches and migraines? Alcohol has long been associated with the development of headaches, with many migraine sufferers cutting back on its consumption in hopes of reducing the frequency and severity of their attacks. The connection between alcohol and headaches is well-known, and there is mounting evidence that confirms that this connection may be particularly true for headache and migraine-prone people. However, recent studies indicate that it may be the type of alcohol, rather than just drinking, what most likely triggers a migraine in some people.

The Link Between Alcohol and Migraines

Alcohol is a liquid produced by fermenting certain foods such as grains, fruits, or vegetables. While people often use the word ‘alcohol’ to describe any substance that can make you drunk, ethanol, the main psychoactive ingredient of alcohol, is responsible for its intoxicating effects.

Although alcohol’s exact mechanism in triggering a migraine isn’t completely understood, several components of alcoholic drinks may contribute to headaches. However, more research is needed to fully understand the links between these compounds and migraine sufferers’ brains.

Histamine

If you have allergies, you are probably familiar with the word ‘histamine.’ It is a chemical made by the immune system that protects you against foreign invaders. When the body secretes it, it triggers an immediate inflammatory response, expanding your blood vessels and making you itch, cough, sneeze, and tear up.

Histamine is also naturally present in several foods and drinks, including alcoholic beverages and particularly red wine. Several problems can occur when histamine levels stay too high for too long, including a histamine intolerance. Histamine intolerances happen when there is an overproduction of histamine in the body. When levels are too high, people often experience headaches, migraines, sinus issues, digestive issues, and fatigue, among others.

Tyramine

A naturally-occurring byproduct of protein-rich foods, tyramine is produced when the tyrosine of certain protein-rich foods breaks down during the preservation, fermentation, or aging processes. The relationship between tyramine and migraines has been widely studied, and research shows that this organic compound may activate specific neurotransmitters in the brain that could induce headaches.

Darker alcoholic beverages, including tap or homebrewed beer, red wine, vermouth, sherry, and others, are higher in tyramine than clear drinks like vodka and gin.

Other Alcohol Byproducts

Although more scientific proof is needed to establish which, if any, alcohol byproducts trigger migraines, sulfites, flavonoid phenols, and tannins are also thought to cause headaches in some people.

Is Red Wine a Migraine Trigger?

Alcohol doesn’t seem to be a migraine trigger for every migraineur, but many do find red wine especially triggering for them. Red wine contains between 20 and 200 times more histamine than white wine, depending on its individual characteristics (type, age, etc.). It is also rich in tannins, which may change serotonin levels in the brain and may trigger headaches in susceptible individuals.

That doesn’t mean that red wine is the only alcoholic beverage that triggers headaches. Darker color spirits like whiskey and brandy tend to have more byproducts than clear alcohols and are more likely to cause migraines in sensitive people.

Bottom Line

Alcohol is a migraine trigger for some people. While not every migraineur will get a headache from having a few drinks, migraine or headache-prone individuals should avoid drinking excessively.

If you suspect that alcohol might be behind your migraine attacks, consider cutting back entirely or switching your drink of choice. And because summer is here and everybody wants to cool off with a refreshing drink, here are two non-alcoholic cocktail recipes that are so delicious that you won’t even miss the alcohol!


Virgin Frozen Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • Lime wedge
  • 1/3 cup coarse sugar
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Prepare margarita glasses: add coarse sugar to a shallow bowl. Wet the rim of the glasses with the lime wedge and dip the glass top in the sugar to coat the rim.
  2. Place frozen strawberries, orange juice, lime juice, and agave or honey into a blender. Blend until combine and taste, add more agave or honey if necessary.
  3. Pour drink into prepared glasses and garnish with a sliced strawberry on top.

 

Non-alcoholic Piña Colada

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-oz.) bag frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ice
  • Pineapple wedges for garnish (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place all the frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and ice into a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Pour drinks into glasses and top with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Finding Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

June 3rd, 2020

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic practice based on traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in Asia thousands of years ago. Archeological evidence has revealed clues about how people in the Stone Age – a period that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 3300 BCE – used sharp stones and other tools to puncture and drain abscesses to relieve pain. But it wasn’t until the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), that the foundations of modern acupuncture were recorded for the first time.

acupuncture

The theory behind TCM is that a person’s qi or vital energy has to flow freely through the body to achieve physical and mental balance. According to TCM, an imbalanced qi can cause disease. The goal of acupuncture is to trigger specific points on the skin with needles to access and influence different nerves, tissues, glands, and organs in the body to help rebalance the qi.

Western interest in acupuncture began to gain traction in the 1970s after President Nixon’s visit to China. Nowadays, acupuncture is one of the most researched traditional medicine systems, and results from a growing number of studies have shown that this practice may help ease some types of chronic pain like osteoarthritis, neck pain, and migraine headaches. Western medical acupuncture borrows from some of the same principles of TCM – like the use of needles and the trigger points suggested by traditional acupuncturists – but uses a more scientific approach to study the biological effects that this practice has on the body.

Acupuncture and Migraines

Most of the studies that have been conducted to date on migraine headaches and acupuncture have looked at the preventive rather than the palliative effects of this therapeutic approach. In 2016, an updated systematic review looking at 22 clinical trials with a total of nearly 5,000 participants was published in the Cochrane Library.

 Studying the effects of acupuncture in migraine patients is not always easy. To make sure that results are not biased, researchers do something called “double-blinding” where they assign participants to random groups and compare the treatment cohort to a placebo group. In double-blind studies, neither the participant nor the researcher knows who is receiving which intervention. In most trials, investigators use sugar pills or inactive substances to act as placebos, but it can be harder to find a placebo that mimics the sensations of acupuncture.

For the systematic review, the authors included three types of testing criteria: comparison with no acupuncture, comparison with sham acupuncture, and comparison with a treatment to prevent migraines. Sham acupuncture is a research method where needles are inserted less deeply or in areas of the body away from traditional acupuncture trigger points. The goal of sham acupuncture is that the participants feel that they are receiving the treatment without actually getting the effects of real acupuncture.

The results of the review suggest that acupuncture reduces the frequency of episodic migraine headaches and is at least as effective as prophylactic medications at preventing migraine headaches. Acupuncture was associated with a reduction in headache frequency in comparison to both no acupuncture and sham acupuncture. It also reduced migraine frequency more than preventative treatments, but these results were sometimes not sustained over time.

However, other studies have yielded mixed results, prompting many to believe that the positive response to acupuncture may be due to a placebo effect. One three-group randomized controlled trial conducted between April 2002 and January 2003 in Germany found that acupuncture was no more effective than sham or simulated acupuncture at reducing the frequency or severity of migraine headaches.

In another clinical trial published in The Lancet Neurology, investigators assigned patients to three random groups as well: verum (true) acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and classic migraine therapy. Their results showed that patient’s outcomes were no different between groups, hinting at a potential placebo effect across groups.

Even though more research is needed to clarify whether or not there is a confounding placebo effect, evidence suggests that acupuncture can be a useful addition to a migraineur’s toolkit looking to reduce the frequency of his or her attacks. So, while acupuncture is not a miracle treatment, when used in combination with other therapies such as dietary supplements, a healthy diet, trigger diaries, and abortive medications, this minimally-invasive procedure can help control your migraine symptoms and keep attacks at bay.

 

JUNE is Migraine Awareness Month…Children Get Recurring Migraines Too! Pediatric Migraine Facts

June 1st, 2020

Children's MigreLief Prevention
Many people don’t know that children also get migraines. Every day millions of parents watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating migraine attacks.

Migraines in children often go undiagnosed because unlike adults, children cannot easily communicate to their parents or physicians just what type of symptoms they’re experiencing.

Many times they’re too young to articulate what they’re feeling so migraines go untreated for a long time. In many cases crying, lack of focus and symptoms of depression are attributed to things other than the actual problem.

Fortunately children who suffer chronic migraines are great candidates for nutritional options for maintaining healthy cerebrovascular tone and function (blood vessels in the brain) as well as healthy mitochondrial energy reserves (the powerhouse of brain cells

CHILDREN’S MIGRAINES SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED

Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life, cause permanent changes in the brain, and can lead to increased risk of depression. Because it can be difficult for children to convince their parents or teachers that they are really sick, their attendance in school and academic achievement may suffer making it difficult to catch up and adding more undue stress to their lives.

PEDIATRIC MIGRAINE FACTS:

– A migraine is a type of severe, incapacitating headache that can strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. They are often recurrent.

– About one out of every 10 kids, or nearly 8 million children in the United States alone are plagued by what has become the most common acute and recurrent headache pattern experienced by children today.

– A child who has one parent with migraine has a 50% chance of inheriting it, and if both parents have migraine, the chances rise to 75%.

-Migraines may occur with or without aura and last in children from 30 minutes to 48 hours. (Migraine aura is the collective name given to the many types of neurological symptoms that may occur just before or during a migraine such as visual, sensory, motor or verbal disturbance.)

– Common precursors and symptoms of child migraine; cyclical vomiting, abdominal migraine pain, vertigo, and sensitivity to light.

-About 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine, and up to 28% of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 are affected by it.

-Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attach before the age of 12.

-Migraine as been reported in children as young as 18 months. Recently, infant colic was found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine.

-Migraines are more common in boys than girls until girls begin menstruation

– Migraine in children can differ from migraine in adults. Non-headache and neurological symptoms (aura) may be more prominent than the headache.

– Child Migraine is often under-diagnosed by doctors, possibly due to the prominence of non-headache symptoms

The Four Stages of Migraine Headaches

Migraines often progress through four stages. Your child may or may not have all four stages. And the stages may not be the same every time a migraine occurs.

  • Prodrome: In this early stage, your child may feel tired, uneasy, or moody. It may be hours or days before the headache pain begins.
  • Aura: Up to an hour before a migraine, your child may experience an aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds). This may include flashing lights, blind spots, other vision problems, confusion, or trouble speaking.
  • Headache: Your child has pain in one or both sides of the head. Your child may feel nauseated and have a strong sensitivity to light, sound, and odors. Vomiting and/or diarrhea may also occur. This stage can last anywhere from 48-72 hours.
  • Postdrome or recovery: For about a day after the headache ends, your child may feel tired, achy, and exhausted.

What Causes Migraine Headaches?

It is not clear why migraines occur. If a family member has migraines, your child may be more likely to have them. Many people find that their migraines are set off by a “trigger.”
Common migraine triggers include:

  • -Chemicals in certain foods and drinks, such as aged cheeses, luncheon meats, chocolate, coffee, sodas, foods containing MSG. etc.
  • -Chemicals in the air, such as tobacco smoke, perfume, glue, paint, or cleaning products
  • -Dehydration
  • -Not enough sleep
  • -Hormonal changes in the body during puberty
  • -Environmental factors, such as bright or flashing lights, hot sun, weather or air pressure changes

What Are the Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?

Your child may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • -Pain, often severe, occurring in a specific area of the head (such as behind one eye)
  • -Aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds)
  • -Nausea and/or vomiting, or diarrhea
  • -Sensitivity to light or sound

How Are Migraine Headaches Prevented and Treated?

Call your child’s health care provider right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Fever and stiff neck with a headache
  • In a child of any age who has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher
  • A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
  • A seizure caused by the fever
  • Headache pain that seems different or much worse than previous episodes
  • Headache upon awakening or in the middle of the night
  • Dizziness, clumsiness, or other changes with a headache
  • Migraines that happen more than once a week or suddenly increase in frequency
  • For any reason if you are concerned about your child’s health.

Nutritional Options

Researchers are discovering “migraines beget migraines” – the more migraines one has, the greater the tendency for future migraines. Evidence shows an increased sensitivity after each successive attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraines in some individuals. In order to avoid a lifetime of migraines, it is imperative to lower the frequency and intensity of migraines as soon as possible.

Why Children’s MigreLief should by your first choice:

Comprehensive Support for Neurological Health with a Proven Track Record

Formulated to provide nutritional support to migraine sufferers, MigreLief has been recommended and used by countless migraine sufferers for over 2 decades.

MigreLief comes in 3 daily formulas:

  • MigreLief Original (teens and adults)
  • Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12)
  • MigreLief+M for women or menstruating teens who know their migraines are hormonally related and occur just before, after or during menstruation each month.Fast-Acting Formula:
  • MigreLief-NOW (on-the-spot neurological comfort) to be taken as needed.

MigreLief Benefits

-Safe, gentle and effective for children over the age of 2

-Two international patents have been granted the unique MigreLief formulation

-Recommended by pediatric neurologists

-NO harmful side-effect

-MigreLief’s Triple Therapy™ Ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, and an herb (Magnesium, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) and a proprietary form of the herb Feverfew, have been proven beneficial to migraine sufferers in clinical studies

-All 3 ingredients are listed in The American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

-Taken daily as a dietary supplement

-Maintains healthy cerebrovascular (blood vessels in the brain) tone and function your child has on migraine free days

-Helps maintain healthy mitochondrial energy reserves (the powerhouse of brain cells)

-Used by thousands of children worldwide and hundreds of thousands of adults.

Note:  For children who have difficulty swallowing pills of any size, MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief may be crushed and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for easier swallowing.
Fast-acting MigreLief-NOW comes in capsule form and may be opened and sprinkled on food for easier swallowing as well.

Because the “daily” migrelief formulas have a build up period for up to 3 months for maximum effectiveness, we suggest keeping MigreLief-NOW (the as-needed formula) on hand and take for on-the-spot neurological comfort.

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Vestibular Migraine – Migraine with Vestibular Symptoms

May 15th, 2020

What are vestibular migraines?

The term “vestibular migraine” is not a real medical classification. A more accurate description would be a migraine with vestibular symptoms.

The vestibular system in the inner ear, is one that maintains balance and equilibrium. Therefore vestibular symptoms are dizziness, vertigo (a sense of spinning or motion when at rest), or loss of balance and disequilibrium.

Basilar migraines can also present with vertigo and tinnitus. Menieres disease (a condition with similar symptoms) is often diagnosed when in fact the patient my be experiencing migraines with symptoms of vestibular disorder. It is known that people with migraines are more apt to experience Menieres and vice versa.

Up to 40 percent of migraine sufferers experience vestibular symptoms, a migraine ‘side effect’ that can make you feel like the room is spinning around you or cause severe dizzy spells that may leave you unable to get up from your bed.

Almost everybody has had a headache before, but when they happen too frequently, it can be a sign of a bigger disorder. One of the most common types of headache disorder is migraine, which affects over 12 percent of the population regardless of their age, gender, or ethnicity.

Migraine headaches are characterized by severe pain (usually in one side of the head), but many people experience other symptoms like an upset stomach, light and sound sensitivity, fatigue, and more. There are also several subtypes of migraines, sometimes called syndromes, which may have their own set of signs and symptoms that often need to be treated separately.

Vestibular migraines are a migraine subtype that causes episodes of vertigo, dizziness, light-headedness, and more. While this syndrome seems to be fairly common among migraineurs – some experts estimate that up to 40 percent of migraine sufferers have vestibular symptoms – it is significantly underdiagnosed. In fact, one research study conducted at a Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders in Switzerland found that even though doctors had initially suspected vestibular migraines in only 1.8% of their young patients, 20% of patients were eventually diagnosed with this type of migraine.

What causes vestibular migraines?

Experts aren’t completely sure what causes vestibular migraines. Like most headache disorders, vestibular migraines seem to run in families, though that’s not always the case. Many of the same risk factors that trigger migraines can also set off a vestibular migraine, including:

  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Certain foods and drinks like caffeine, red wine, aged cheese, monosodium glutamate (MSG), etc.

The term ‘vestibular’ stems from the word vestibule, which is the central part of the bonny labyrinth in the inner ear. Together with a structure called the semicircular canal, the vestibular system helps control your sense of balance and eye movements. Non-migraine related vestibular disorders can happen as a result of infections, head trauma, aging, and genetic or environmental factors.

Vestibular migraine symptoms

Vestibular symptoms can happen before, during, or after a migraine, though most migraineurs report experiencing these types of symptoms without headaches. The main symptoms of vestibular migraines are vertigo – a sensation of spinning or losing your balance even if you are not moving – and dizziness that lasts more than a few seconds.

Other symptoms of vestibular migraines include feelings of disorientation, confusion, motion sickness when you move your head, eyes or body, light-headedness, and nausea or vomiting. If you have a vestibular episode during a migraine attack, you may also experience classic migraine symptoms like throbbing or pulsating pain in one side of your head, blurry vision, photosensitivity, neck pain, etc.

How are vestibular migraines diagnosed?

Currently, there are no laboratory or imaging tests that can diagnose vestibular migraine. The International Headache Society (IHS), in collaboration with other medical associations, developed a set of diagnostic criteria to help clinicians diagnose and treat this type of migraine. Among other factors, the criteria are based on the patient’s migraine history as well as the frequency and duration of vestibular symptoms.

Before diagnosing you with vestibular migraine, your doctor may want to rule out other vestibular disorders, like:

  • Benning paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis)
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Acoustic neuroma

How are vestibular migraines treated?

Because there is no specific medication that can treat vestibular migraines, doctors usually recommend a combination of abortive migraine medications and drugs used to treat vertigo and other vestibular disorders.

You can reduce the frequency and intensity of your vestibular migraines by eating a healthy diet, keeping good sleeping hygiene, tracking and avoiding your triggers, and managing your stress. For the best nutritional support beneficial to migraine sufferers, try the dietary supplement  Migrelief available in daily and as-need formulas for adults and children age 2+.

 

Phases of Migraine Explained – Techniques to Outsmart Your Migraine Headache

January 30th, 2020

PREDICTING A MIGRAINE

There are 4 distinct phases to a migraine: Prodrome, Aura, Pain and Postdrome.  Not everyone experience all 4 stages of a migraine.  It is during the first two phases (prodromal and aura) that you get hints that a migraine is coming, and recognizing these hints (symptoms) may give you the edge you need to fight back and either prevent the migraine entirely or decrease the severity and or duration of the pain phase (which is obviously the most debilitating and problematic).

These symptoms, called the prodrome phase, are usually considered ‘warning signs’ that alert the person of an impending migraine episode.

Stage 1 – The Prodrome  – About 65% of migraine sufferers experience emotional or physical symptoms two hours to two days before the pain phase starts.

These symptoms can occur in migraineurs with and without aura.

  • Fatigue
  • Yawning
  • Appetite changes
  • Altered mood – depression
  • Aphasia (trouble speaking/comprehending words)
  • Muscle Stiffness – especially in the neck
  • Appetite changes
  • Digestive changes – (some sufferers vomit up food they ate quite a while ago)
  • Irritability
  • Euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sensitivity to odors, noise and light
  • Increased urination
  • Sleep disturbances

Physicians who specialize in migraine treatment find that only 30% of sufferers recognize that they have one or more of the “prodrome” symptoms until they are actually told what symptoms to look for. Once informed then up to 80% of sufferers report having one or more of them.

Stage 2 – The Aura – Less than half of migraine sufferers experience the aura stage, neurological symptoms marked by sensory disturbances. Most aura’s are visual, but speaech, hearing or motor abilities can be affected as well.  During this stage, about one-third of patients see flashing lights, wavy lines and blind spots in their field of vision (called scotoma) for a few minutes to a few hours before the pain stage begins. Some also have temporary trouble speaking or feel tingling or numbness on one side of the face or feet called parathesias. Others may develop a hypersensitivity to touch.

Stage 3 – The Pain – Onset of pain can start within minutes or sometimes hours of the commencement of the aura stage. The migraine or headache phase is marked by throbbing or pulsating pain – typically on one side of the head – though it can become so intense that many people feel it in and around the entire head and face. This phase can last up to 72 hours, and the pain intensity varies from mild to excruciating. Besides head pain, other symptoms during this phase can include:

• Nausea or vomiting
• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
• Sensitivity to sound (phonophobia)
• Sensitivity to smell and touch
• Temporary loss of vision (ocular migraines)
• Dizziness and vertigo

Stage 4 – The Postdrome –  During this stage of migraine, even though the pain is gone, some sufferers can feel exhausted, depressed and/or, residual neck pain.  Some people refer to this as the “migraine hangover.” More than 1 in 8 migraine sufferers experience a postdrome. This stage usually starts the day after the migraine and lasts a day or less. Some symptoms may include:

• Fatigue
• Trouble concentrating
• Neck stiffness
• Muscle aches
• Malaise
• Mild headache

What to try when you notice any of the symptoms in either the “prodrome” or “aura” phases-

If you haven’t realized it already, it is advantageous to experience either or both of these stages because they can both serve as a type of “advanced warning” system that a migraine is imminent.

It is to your advantage to try to address preventing your migraine as early as possible, so focus on the 13 symptoms listed in the prodromal section.

If you don’t experience any of these, but do experience the symptoms listed in the “aura” section, then that’s when you can start trying the following techniques to prevent your migraine from occurring:

TECHNIQUES TO TRY BEFORE THE PAIN SETS IN:

(None of these techniques work for everybody. You will need to experiment to see which of them help you the most.)

1-   H2O – Drink plenty of room temperature water to make sure you are well hydrated.

2-  EAT  Slow Release Carbohydrates  such as a banana, crackers, toast or pinto beans

3-  BREATHE  – If you feel stressed, try meditating if you know how, or try these breathing exercises:

Stress Reducing-Breathing:
The depth and rate of our breathing respectively decrease and increase when we are stressed. This can deplete oxygen flow to the body and the brain. Please do this breathing exercise exactly as it is described at least 3 times a day:

Blow your breath out through your mouth and then seal your lips. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 10 seconds while expanding your chest. Hold it for 30 seconds while trying to think about “nothing”.

At the end of 30 seconds then slowly expel the breath you were holding, through your lips over a 15 second interval. Notice how your entire body relaxes throughout this breathing exercise especially during the exhalation segment.

Repeat this sequence at least 3 times in a row, working yourself up do doing it 5X in a row, three times a day.

Perhaps have someone massage you (if massage relaxes you.) Try taking a warm (not hot or cold) bath.

4-  REST – Lie down away from noise, light or any known trigger factors

5-  ESSENTIAL OILS – Try applying essential oils of peppermint or lavender to your temples, forehead and or neck, for a tingling/cooling sensation and aromatherapy effect. The MigreLief Migraine Stick roll-on is a convenient combination of soothing essential oils; Peppermint, Lavender, Spearmint and Rosemary in a Jojoba oil base.

6-   IBUPROFEN – I am hesitant to suggest you consider taking any OTC or prescription medicines for pain based upon the symptoms of the prodrome phase because I don’t want people to medicate unnecessarily. (If you are pretty sure that one of the prodrome symptoms is a reliable indication that you are going to get a migraine, that would be an exception).  But I do suggest trying either of these medications if you experience the symptoms of the aura phase.  (Of course you should confirm that it is OK taking any medication with your physician.)

7-  DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS – Certain vitamins, minerals and herbs promote a healthy inflammatory response, help reduce blood platelet aggregation, relax blood vessels and help with cells’ energy production thus addressing the dysfunctional processes in the brain before and during a migraine attack.  They include, ginger, feverfew, magnesium and boswellia serrata.  A dietary supplement that contains all four of these ingredients is MigreLief-NOW, as-needed nutritional support for on-the-spot neurological comfort.

8-   GET OFF THE COMPUTER – Stop working on your computer.  The flickering or flashing lights of a computer screen is a trigger to some migraine sufferers.

9-   WALK –  If it’s not too hot or cold, get out and take a walk at a moderate pace for 10 minutes.

Please remember that none of the above suggestions works for everyone. You will have to experiment to see if one or more of these techniques works for you.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Akeso Health Sciences

 

Quinoa – Amazing Superfood for Migraine Sufferers

January 29th, 2020

This amazing low-fat, high protein food could…

* protect against heart disease
* help to prevent type II diabetes
* help with migraines
* provide antioxidant protection
* Protect against breast cancer
*Protect against childhood asthma
* Prevent gallstones
* Provide all 9 essential amino acid (protein building blocks)
* Provide healthy levels of dietary fiber and magnesium

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient whole grain that has been recently rediscovered in the U.S.  The Inca’s once held the crop to be sacred, calling it the ‘mother of all grains’.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2  percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice and 14 percent for wheat.  Unlike rice and potatoes, for which quinoa is an excellent replacement, it is a whole grain food source which results in many of the health benefits listed above.  Quinoa is gluten-free and high in protein content, which also makes it a wonderful choice for vegetarians.  Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s long-duration manned spaceflights.

QUINOA NUTRIENT PROFILE

High nutritional content of 100gms or half cup of cooked quinoa –

Magnesium: 17% of the Recommended Daily Allowance
Complete Protein: 4 grams
Fiber: 3 grams.
Manganese: 32% of Recommended Daily Allowance
Phosphorus: 15% of the Recommended Daily Allowance

It is also packed with minerals like Zinc, Iron, Copper, and Potassium along with B-Vitamins and Calcium. These tiny grains are also good for weight watchers offering a total of 120 calories, 21 gms of carbs and 2 gms of fat. Quinoa is also a source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

MIGRAINE SUPPORT

Quinoa is a good source of magnesium and riboflavin, which are also key ingredients in MigreLief dietary supplements.  These ingredients have been shown to help relax blood vessels, encourage energy production within cells and help to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.  Magnesium is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. Studies show that many migraine sufferers have low levels of magnesium. Studies have also shown that many migraine sufferers have  a deficiency in mitochondrial (powerhouse in cells) energy right before an attack.  Mitochondrial dysfunction in your brain cells can make you more susceptible to migraines which studies show vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) can help correct.

DIET

Both the glycemic index and the glycemic load of quinoa (these are measurements of how various foods can impact your blood sugar levels) are favorable as well, when compared to rice or potatoes.

A half cup of cooked quinoa contains only about 110 calories and with its fiber content makes it a good choice for those trying to watch their weight, as well

HOW TO COOK WITH QUINOA

Quinoa is typically simmered, as you would prepare rice. It’s often added to savory recipes, like salads, sautés, and soups. You can also serve it alongside grilled or pan-seared meats and fish.

When whole, quinoa seeds have an outer husk coated with a natural substance called saponin. This protects the seeds from the birds. While the husk is already removed when you buy commercial quinoa, some of the saponin can remain. It’s rather bitter, so it’s important to rinse the quinoa well before simmering it.

Some Serving Ideas for Quinoa:

* Use quinoa as a side-dish replacing rice, potatoes or even pasta

* Many health food stores carry quinoa sourced pasta noodles

* With nuts and fruits, quinoa makes an excellent porridge

* Quinoa can be added to vegetable soups

* Use sprouted quinoa in sandwiches or salads instead of alfalfa sprouts

 

RECIPE – SWEET BREAKFAST QUINOA PORRIDGE

Quinoa Porridge with fruit

When slowly cooked in a mixture of water and milk with a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla, quinoa seeds become a rich porridge with a soft bite. If you’re a quinoa fan, it’s a lovely alternative to oatmeal in the morning.

You can easily adapt this breakfast quinoa to your personal tastes and dietary needs. For a softer rather than chewy quinoa, especially this sweet breakfast dish, adjust the seed-to-liquid ratio (add more liquid) until you find the perfect texture for you.

For a non-dairy breakfast, quinoa porridge is also delicious prepared with almond milk or coconut milk


Ingredients

1 cup water
1-1/2 cups milk (whole, low fat, almond, or coconut), plus more for serving
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 cup quinoa , rinsed well
pinch salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar , plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup blueberries (or berries of your choice)
sliced almonds, walnuts or chopped toasted pecans , for topping

Instructions
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine water, 1-1/2 cups milk, vanilla extract or paste, rinsed quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat (stirring occasionally and watching carefully so it doesn’t boil over).
Reduce heat to low, cover with lid slightly vented, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in 3 tablespoons brown sugar and the ground cinnamon. Re-cover and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes, until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from heat and gently fold in blueberries. Serve, topped with extra brown sugar or maple syrup, warm milk, and nuts.

Enjoy quinoa for its taste and texture as well as its multiple health benefits.  You will be very pleasantly surprised and pleased to add it to your family’s diet.

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